Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Everyone likes beach at Lisbon.

English first/日本語は後

1. People: The majority on Japanese beaches are definitely those in 20's plus just families. You hardly see senior people. Moms in general stay in a T shirt under a parasol and thus don't show their body line, while dads still do not care about showing off their beer-barrel-like belly to take care of their kids. The key idea is that the beach is a place like a fashion show, and so people don't want to show their ugly body lines as they get aged. The same philosophy might be applied to US, in particular Californian beaches, yet many people want to go to beach. That's the reason why they attend 24Hrs Fitness really hard to keep their proportion against their age. The difference from Japan which I noticed was that senior people in US seem like enjoying a walk on beach much more frequently. Now, you can imagine what I would like to say about Portuguese beaches. Yes, I saw many sea lions loafing on the beach. Of course, they are actually not sea lions but people having a large amount of excess flesh (the definition from the MacNote dictionary.) I was just surprised to know that such big swimming suits, particularly bikinis are available to purchase in Portugal. Why don't they care about showing their chucks to the public?

The other day on a bus, a senior lady helped me transfer from a bus to a train. Although I didn't understand 99% of what she said, she kept talking to me in Portuguese. When the bus passed by a beach sign, ("praia" in Portuguese), she wanted to tell me that there is a beach in that direction, using her gesture of waving and wading with her hands. She seemed really happy. Now, I got a hint to my question! Beaches to Portuguese are just like hot springs to Japanese. Regardless of age, sex, and of course body shapes, everyone would like to enjoy getting relaxed on the beach as Japanese want to soak themselves in a hot spring.

2. Building: Restaurants and service facilities on the beach in Portugal seem permanent like US, whereas Japan only allows those facility to be temporarily built every high season, (i.e., July and August). Houses nearby the beach in Portugal do not seem well-maintained unlike US and Japan. I thought the closer to the beach the more expensive and better maintained houses would be, because people always look for an ocean view and a water-front life. However, as you can see my pictures, those houses in the Telha beach, 10+ miles south from Lisbon could even seem like a refugee camp. Miguel told me that they were all illegally built without purchasing and thus owning a land. Good houses are built back a little far from the beach, actually behind a pine-tree barrier to prevent beach sand from shifting to them.




Photo 1: Anyone welcome to beach (ビーチは誰もが行きたい)

Photo 2: Permanent beach house(永久的に建てられた海の家)

Photo 3: Telha Beach (テリヤ海岸)

Photo 4: Ocean-front houses with low quality (質の悪い海辺の民家)

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